Vol.1 Brooklyn’s May 2015 Books Preview

The fact that this month’s list is larger than usual is but one indication that May looks to be an especially strong month for books. The works we’re most excited about span a variety of styles and genres, from essential writing about books and music to reissues of underrated works of fiction and nonfiction. Whether your tastes run towards the classical or the experimental, there’s a lot to enjoy; that the onset of spring means that you can do so […]

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Watching the World Cup, Hemon on Soccer in Hand

Aleksandar Hemon The Matters of Life, Death, and More: Writing on Soccer Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 96 p. I spent yesterday evening at a crowded bar in the West Village watching the United States play Ghana in the World Cup. Four years earlier, I’d spent a Saturday afternoon in a crowded bar in Williamsburg, also watching the United States play Ghana in the World Cup. Last night, a space full of supporters of the American team experienced a sort of […]

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Afternoon Bites: Aleksandar Hemon on Displacement, Ballard’s Memoir, Marnie Stern Interviewed, and More

“I do have a sense of displacement as constant instability — the uninterrupted existence of everything that I love and care about is not guaranteed at all. I wait for catastrophes.” Aleksandar Hemon talked with the Times. Paul Constant previews this year’s APRIL Festival. (We interviewed the festival’s co-founder last month.) If you’re looking to buy some stocks and are decidedly fond of Moleskine notebooks, this might be your week. Dennis Lim reviews J.G. Ballard’s memoir. Christopher R. Weingarten on the […]

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